Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton

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Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton

Also Known As: "Popcorn Sutton"
Birthplace: Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Haywood, North Carolina, United States
Death: March 16, 2009 (62)
Parrottsville, Cocke, Tennessee, United States (suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning)
Place of Burial: Parrottsville, Cocke, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lavator "Vader" Sutton and Bonnie M. Sutton
Husband of Private
Father of Private
Brother of Private

Occupation: Folk Figure, Appalchian Moonshiner, Musician-Entertainer
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About Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton

Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton (October 5, 1946 – March 16, 2009) was an American Appalachian moonshiner originally from Maggie Valley, North Carolina. He wrote a self-published autobiographical guide to moonshine production, and self-produced a home video depicting his moonshining activities, and he was later the subject of a documentary that won a Regional Emmy Award. He committed suicide in 2009 rather than report to Federal prison after being convicted of offenses related to moonshine production.

Marvin got his nickname "Popcorn," during a baroom encounter with a pool cue and a popcorn machine, per his friends.


  • 1970s- 1st conviction of un-taxed liquor in the 1970's
  • 1999-Marvin's autobiography "Me and My Likker" published
  • 2007-History Channel featured on Documentary "Hillbilly, The Real Story"
  • 2008-featured in Documentary "The Last One" by Neal Hutcheson
  • 2009-Marvin's tragic death
  • 2012-featured in the New York Times

"Popcorn Sutton's moonshining abilities didn't spontaneously appear. He is the product of generations of Suttons all working in a long line to protect and preserve the knowledge of the stills. The Sutton family name reaches back four centuries into American history .... " Word for Word: The notorious life of moonshiner Popcorn Sutton Tampa Bay Times, 2009


Marvin has become a Folk Figure, quite larger than Life. Chances are if you have not heard of him, you will. R.I.P. Marvin


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Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton's Timeline

October 5, 1946
Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Haywood, North Carolina, United States
March 16, 2009
Age 62
Parrottsville, Cocke, Tennessee, United States
non Cemetery at his homestead, Parrottsville, Cocke, Tennessee, United States